Hi guys! I hope you all are doing well. My name is Lexi, and I’m a college fashion and lifestyle blogger. In addition to those two topics, I also have knowledge in hair. I’ve had natural hair for the past four years of my life, and I’ve loved every bit of my hair journey. My hair type is 4c, which means it’s extremely kinky, the curls are small and tight, and my hair has A LOT of trouble holding in moisture. I know a lot of other women, natural or not, struggle with the same problem, especially during this time of year when the weather is crisp, dry, and cold. When winter rolls around, my first instinct is to get a protective style. A protective style is exactly what the name says it is! It’s a certain hairstyle that protects your hair, especially your ends. Whether it be a sew-in weave, a faux ponytail, two-strand twists, or faux locs, these styles give your hair a much-needed break to rejuvenate. Out of the hundreds of protective styles that exist in the world, my personal, all-time favorite, is crochet braids!
Crochet braids are pieces of hair, usually synthetic, that are pre-looped at the base. These pieces of hair are then inserted into cornrows on the client’s scalp with the use of a crochet hook! This protective style can be done with straight hair, curly hair, braids, twists, locs, and more. My preferred form of crochet braids, and the one I get the most often are twists. These twists are perfect for me because I’m a college student who loves sleeping in. The less time I spend in the morning on my hair, the more time I get to spend in bed! Another great thing about crochet twists is that they are extremely versatile, and can be worn in a number of ways which is great for someone like me who gets a little bored with repetitive hairstyles. If you’re thinking about getting crochet twists, but still feel a little hesitant, don’t worry. I’m here to show you multiple hairstyles you can do with crochet twists, and hopefully confirm your choice to get this style! Let’s get into it:
1. Half-Up, Half-Down
This is the hairstyle I do the most with my crochet twists! A half-up, half-down hairstyle gives me the freedom of having my hair out of my face while still being able to frame my face. This hairstyle can be achieved by taking a portion of your hair and putting it into a ponytail on the top of your head using a tight ponytail holder. Split the ponytail in the middle and pair with hoop earrings for a more 90’s look!
2. Side Part
A side part is my second, most frequent hairstyle when it comes to crochet twists. This hairstyle is amazing if you’re looking for even MORE volume in your hair. I usually part my crochet twists to the right side of my head, because my right side is my dominant side. Sometimes, though, the crochet twists will fall, so make sure to use hairpins to secure the twists to the side of your choice!
3. Wearing a Hat
Because I have natural, 4c hair it’s difficult for me to wear baseball caps or dad hats like those from Adidas, Nike, or my college logo. My low puff is too big to fit through the hole in the back of the hat. This is really inconvenient for me, especially as a student. What I love about crochet twists, is that I get the opportunity to wear my hats again, which definitely comes in handy on those days where I have class at 9:00AM and decide to wake up at 8:45AM. Dad hats and baseball caps are also very trendy right now in this day and age. They can be worn with many different aesthetics, are great for traveling, and can be the accessory that ties the whole outfit together!
4. High Bun
This hairstyle can be a little difficult to achieve at first. Despite the weightless feeling of synthetic hair, having a lot of it on your head in the form of braids can be a bit heavy. Of course, this happens when a lot of people get braids or twists that aren’t crochet as well because the head has to get used to the extra weight. To get my crochet twists (or regular twists for that matter) in a high bun, I have to use a very stretch headband. I turn my head upside down, gather my twists in my right hand, and loop the headband around them twice to create a bun. After that, I wrap the loose ends sticking out around my bun and tuck them in for extra security and stability. This look can create a dull outfit into something more interesting and is a substitute for the “messy bun” that is so popular right now. Also, this hairstyle is amazing with a headscarf around it!
5. Low Bun
I just started wearing low buns with my crochet twists around the fall of 2017. I already struggled to get my hair into a high bun, so I was discouraged to try a low bun, however, I love the simple, fresh look a low bun gives to an outfit. I was able to achieve this look on my FIRST try. A headband needs to be used as the ponytail holder. Instead of turning your head upside down like the high bun, just put all your hair behind you, grab it all with your dominant hand, and wrap the headband around it twice. At the end, wrap around the loose strands/ends and tuck them into the ponytail holder. I also tug at the front part of my hair a bit to give a more loose bun look, instead of it being tight.
6. Half-Up Bun, Half-Down
This style is all too popular in the world of natural hair, braids, locs, and twists. I wasn’t a fan of this look for a long time until I tried it myself. After that, I fell in love with it. I honestly can’t give you a reason why it looks so good, it just does. This hairstyle goes really well with dressy outfits and party looks. If you currently have any type of crochet braids or just braids/twists in general, and you have no idea what to do with your hair for a party or a night out, try this look. I promise it’s a lifesaver. It can be achieved just like the half-up, half-down ponytail, only instead you’ll put that portion into a small bun. With this hairstyle, a regular ponytail holder is better because it makes your top bun more secure. Wrap the loose ends around the bun as well for a neater look!
Crochet Braid Inspiration
If you were on the fence about getting a crochet hairstyle or bored with your current crochet look, I hope this post gave you some inspiration. These versatile hairstyles I provided can be replicated using any type of crochet hair including locs, braids, straight hair, and curly hair. Divatress has a great selection of crochet hair products, so since you’re already here reading this post, definitely check out what they have; you won’t be disappointed. Thank you all for reading!
Crochet braiding is a technique of installing real or synthetic hair to create a new hairstyle. Cornrow braids are put in your natural hair, then you use them as a base to tie in new hair. It most often is done using a crochet needle, hence the name. The hair is looped, then passed under the cornrows, then the ends of the hair are passed through the loop and tied. The end result can be long or short, curly or straight, or even braided.
They are convenient and great looking. You can do with braids what you may not be able to do with your own hair. It can give you length and strength. Here are a few reasons they may be just what you need for an extraordinary new style.
Many people do crochet braids to create a protective style. Your real hair is braided close to your scalp and is protected from damage by the newly added hair. This can let your own hair have a chance to grow long and strong.
Installing crochet braids are not quite as quick as installing a weave that uses a weft, but it is much faster than twist or box braids. You could expect to spend 2-3 hours for installation, depending upon the type and amount of hair you are adding and its texture, and of course, the skill and dexterity of the artist installing it.
Long Lasting Style
This may seem like a process that takes a lot of patience. That is because it does. But the results are amazing. You will end up with full, beautiful hair of any length and it will last. You can expect crochet braids to last for several weeks. Quality hair will last that long without too much fraying and shedding. Usually what will make you want to do a new installation in simply that your cornrows have grown out enough that the knots of your braids are no longer tight against your scalp. You will find that as you become really fast at creating your knots and each time they will look smoother and more perfect. When you see the stunning results, you will agree, it is totally worth the effort.
Types of Crochet Braids
Most crochet braids come as bundles of hair that have not been braided. You can get Pre-twisted premade braids that use the convenient crochet method, which is easier than some other installation methods. Some come pre-looped, either with a preformed loop of hair or elastic bands.
There are a wide variety of lengths, textures, degrees of curl and colors available for crochet braids, here at Divatress. Synthetic hair is long lasting, strong and comes in many color choices. Some synthetic hair you can dye. If you want to dye it, be sure to start out with a lighter color than the color you are going to dye it, because you can’t lighten synthetic hair, but you can darken it. Try starting with a blond or grey color. Then you can use cream hair dyes, fabric dye or other products to color the whole hair length, or just the lower part, to create a trendy Ombre/Sombre blend.
Crochet braiding hair is also available as 100 percent real human hair. The best quality human hair is that which hasn’t been processed. This is often called “Remy” hair. (or Remi) It hasn’t been dyed. It will come to you in the color that it was grown. Remy hair usually comes in a dark color. You can cut, style, and even dye it.
Tools and Techniques
To create crochet braids, you need very little besides the hair itself. To install the hair, you only need a crochet hook, a bobby pin or a told called a hair beader.
10 Tips for Great Braids
- Learn from a friend. Look on youtube and you will find lots of tutorials for crochet braids. There you can learn how to cornrow your hair, make knots and do knotless braids. Learn from talented stylists online and you will be crochet braiding like a pro in no time.
- The first time you install crochet braids, you may want to have a professional or a skilled friend do the installation. Watching someone do braids on your own head will be very valuable instruction. For most people, just seeing someone do it in person is much more valuable than reading an internet article or watching a video.
- For self-installation, use two or more mirrors, so you can properly see the back and sides.
- If your hair is weak or thin, you could add some of your braiding hair into the cornrows themselves. This will make a stronger base to install your new braids onto.
- If you start in the back and work forward, the installed hair won’t block your vision as much. However, starting in the front ensures that you will have enough material for the most important part, framing out your face.
- The finer and the smoother the hair, the more you should use. Thicker textured hair will require less hair. You may want to space it further apart on your cornrows so that your style does not become overly thick and dense.
- If you style your new braids with rollers, be sure that they are not too absorbent. If they hold too much moisture, then your curls won’t set as well. If you have trouble with a particular hair try a less absorbent roller, such as a plastic roller or perm rod.
- When you sleep, cover your head with a satin bonnet, hair net or other material. This will preserve your braids while you sleep and make them last much longer.
- Consider your braid pattern. The pattern you braid your cornrow hair in will determine how it falls on your head. For example, you may need to angle the rows on the side of your head, to make your hair side part where you want it to go.
- Use small sections of hair for a more natural look. Be patient. Separate the fibers of the hair into bundles with a diameter of ¼” of hair. This will keep it looking like real growing hair.
To wash the braids, use a shampoo that is appropriate to the hair material. For example, most people use low sudsing shampoo. A diluted mixture can be prepared in a spray bottle and sprayed close the the scalp, then gently rinsed. Don’t rub dry with a towel, but gentle squeeze out the water and pat dry.
To take the braids out, just cut the crochet braids as close to your cornrows as possible. When you unravel your cornrows, the little knots left on your hair from the braid will just fall right out and you can discard the small pieces.
Mix and Match
You can buy multiple packs of braiding hair in different colors and lengths. You can add highlights by just adding in a new color.
Check out our huge selection of crochet braiding hair and tools here at Divatress. We have everything you need to create a look that is uniquely you.